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Museum of Science and Industry

5700 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60637-2093
+1 773-684-1414
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The largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere! Housed in the only remaining building from the 1893 World’s Fair, MSI is a Chicago must-see. You’ll experience 14 acres of hands-on exhibits and have the chance to stand before a 40-foot tornado; climb aboard a World War II German submarine; take a run in a human-sized hamster wheel; descend into an Illinois coal mine; tour a fully functioning eco-friendly home; board a 727 hanging from the ceiling; transmit your pulse to a 13-foot, 3-D beating heart; and much more! MSI is not a place where you walk around quietly and observe. No way! You get involved in the fun—and learn—by doing. Just a few miles from downtown with convenient underground parking.
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  • Average5%
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
5700 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60637-2093
Hyde Park
+1 773-684-1414
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We went there to see the multi-national Christmas tree display. Was very easy to get to via city bus. Bus was less than $3 ea. We were given passes to enter MSI for free. We went on a Monday. A few class trips were also...More

Thank Joanne R
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We visited this and enjoyed seeing all of the kids there interact with All the exhibits. It’s a very well done hands on experience for all ages. I personally liked the Christmas around the world exhibit too and enjoyed reading about the different customs.

Thank Dgdoddsbell
Reviewed 3 days ago

The Mirror Maze was really fun! We paid for a toy that was to be formed in the prefab lab. They had a man working it, but after we put in our $5, which it took, the man came up to us and told us...More

Thank Jill S
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

MSI has done it again with a fun interactive exhibit. We had a great morning at the museum at the robot revolution. Entertained both grandma and the teenager for over an hour. Allow yourself enough time to interact with all the robots. We entered as...More

Thank Guyjoalex
Reviewed 5 days ago

Cannot beat this fabulous museum and at the holidays the Christmas trees are just beautiful and the live snowing in the building!

Thank Barb H
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Great museum for kids but less for adults which was a bit disappointing The Xmas Christmas tree exhibit was interesting and varied. Some of the permanent exhibits were okay but very much aimed at primary school to tween children

Thank Justin V
Reviewed 5 days ago

Be sure to see the submarine. Get your tickets when you purchase your entry. Parking is easy in the museum. So much to see. The food is priced fairly as well.

Thank Dewey4321
Reviewed 1 week ago

We Try to come here every year to see the exhibits and the many Christmas trees. It has been this way since childhood and it stirs up special memories. Now I bring my kids here and they seem to love the tradition as much as...More

Thank Craig V
Reviewed 1 week ago

Give your family at least 4 hours here but a full day is better. So may interactive things to do. My 9 and 11 year old boys loved it. Went on Thanksgiving day and the crowd was lighter.

Thank Dennis D
Reviewed 1 week ago

I would strongly recommend this for kids and as well as elders interested to refresh the school days basic knowledge and also learn new things. Do not miss the Tesla coil show on the Upper floor. Its worth the wait. Also the mind games in...More

Thank Narasimha B
Hyde Park
If you want to get a feel for quintessential South
Side Chicago, you have to make a stop in Hyde Park,
one of the city’s most popular neighborhoods. This
historic area is home to two of the city’s most
prominent cultural institutions, the Museum of Science
and Industry and the University of Chicago. A stroll
here will bring you past vintage and grand hotels
converted into luxury apartment buildings; peaceful
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Madeline R
27 September 2017|
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Response from dlevitan | Reviewed this property |
City bus is OK but an Uber or Lyft is convenient and reasonable.
Madeline R
27 September 2017|
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Response from CubFan1948 | Reviewed this property |
I will agree with others, public transportation is not the safest way to go. Use a taxi or Uber.
Mandi L
5 September 2017|
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Response from spinkick | Reviewed this property |
I would say 4 hours is a good bet. The submarine is a must see. Also the dollhouse and coal mine. The 1890s street is a must do and stop in the iceream store- a bit $$ but is good. Most of the exhibits have alot of touchy... More